David Suzuki has earned the wrath of many by saying that Canada “is full” and our immigration policy is “disgusting.”
It’s surprising coming from Suzuki, a third generation Canadian, who believes we should share the abundance of the earth.
So why doesn’t he want to share Canada’s abundance?
As Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday, Canada was built by immigrants?
Now Suzuki wants to keep them out due to climate change.
Is this xenophobia?
I’d like Suzuki to explain his comments.
I interviewed Suzuki at one point when he wrote a book about his life.
I found him to be engaging and forthright. He spoke openly about not fitting in as a teenager and how isolated he felt.
I enjoyed our conversation.
Now he wants to limit how many people come to Canada, a country where he felt isolated.
Last year I did research for the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development board. From that research it was clear that Canadians aren’t having enough children to fill the growing demands in the workforce as baby boomers retire. The only way we can fill the void is by immigration.
Canadian government data shows by 2031, we will have a worker shortfall of close to 4 million.
But Suzuki believes more immigrants will put on strain on natural resources.
Is Suzuki being selfish? Does he not understand the issues facing Canada? Or does he have a point?